A specially built paddle steamer, CroisiEurope's MS Loire Princesse, is the only vessel of its kind operating cruises along the Loire. Starting from Nantes, the majestic steamer takes passengers downstream to Saint-Nazaire and upstream as far as possible, depending on the depth of water at varying times of the year.
During my visit, there were fascinating conversations with fellow travellers from America, Australia, Russia and New Zealand. As well as that, the food & drink is of a high standard with menus including dishes such as Rack of Veal with shallots and tarragon, violet mashed potatoes and vegetables.
This is a totally unique cruise, offering access to superb countryside, rarely seen by any other means, as well as unusual activities and excursions, good food and wine in pleasant company.